In a humanitarian gesture, cricket superstar MS Dhoni has come forward to help the families of daily wage workers in Pune as the world fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The daily wage workers have been hit hard as they have lost their livelihood after PM Narendra Modi announced a complete 21-day lockdown across India due to understandable reasons.
But the government as well as others have come forward to help the needy and MS Dhoni has joined the bandwagon too. The former India skipper has donated Rs 1 lakh via crowdfunding website Ketto to the Mukul Madhav Foundation, public charitable trust in Pune.
Pune has been one of the worst-affected cities by the outbreak in India. So far more than 15 positive cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in the city. MS Dhoni’s donation will be used to provide basic grocery essentials to the families of daily wage workers in the city.
The foundation has identified several families across Pune, who will be helped by MS Dhoni’s donation. A kit containing grocery essentials like soap, pulses, Rice, Atta, Oil, Grains, Pulses, Poha, biscuits, Tea, Sugar and spices will be provided to the families who need help at the earliest.
MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi revealed the news through her Instagram account. She posted a message on her Instagram story and urged people to donate to the foundation and help them support such families in Pune. MS Dhoni has been the highest donator so far in the fundraiser which has set a goal of achieving Rs 12, 50,000.
Here are the Instagram posts from Sakshi:
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket fraternity has come forward to help the needy people during these testing times. Before MS Dhoni, the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Pathan brothers – Irfan and Yusuf – helped the needy.
Gambhir has pledged to donate Rs 50 lakh for the cause while Ganguly has pledged to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh. On the other hand, Yusuf and Irfan have donated face masks while Dhawan has donated to the Prime Minister’s relief fund and urged others to contribute.